Mangaluru, Apr 18: Voters thronged to their jurisdictional poll booths in Dakshina Kannada on Thursday as the polling began for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls across India.
As many as 13 candidates, including sitting MP Nalin Kumar Kateel from BJP, Mithun M Rai from the Congress, and Ilyas Mohammed Thumbey from SDPI, are in fray for election to Dakshina Kannada Parliamentary constituency. Candidates including Mithun Rai were seen standing in the queue in the polling booths in the morning.
To conduct the elections in a free and fair manner the district administration has deployed 8,920 officials and staff.
The administration has arranged 668 buses for the polling personnel. In all, 2,230 presiding officers, 2,230 assistant presiding officers and 590 route officers are deployed for the purpose.
A comprehensive information centre has been established at the district control room to get details from all the 1,861 polling stations in the district through GPS while livestreaming has been arranged from 110 stations.
Traditional booths have been established at Sri Manjunatheshwara Higher Primary School, Dharmasthala, Central Model Residential School, Madhya, Surathkal, Government HPS, Kanyana in Bantwal, HPS, Balnad in Puttur and Sri Ramakrishna Aided HPS, Badadka in Sullia.
As many as 20 Sakhi booths are also established at Model HPS, Belthangady; Panchayat Office, Moodbidri; Fisheries HPS, Chitrapura-Kulai; Vidyadayini English Medium School, Surathkal; HPS, Panambur; Women’s Polytechnic, Bondel; KREC HPS, Srinivasanagara, Surathkal; Ladyhill HPS, Mangaluru; University College, Hampanakatte; St. Joseph HPS, Kankanady; St. Agnes HPS, Bendore; Government Women’s College, Car Street; Bhagavathi HPS, Uchchila-Someshwara; Vishwamangala HPS; Holy Anges HPS, Permannur; Kotekar Town Panchayat Office; Stella Mary’s HPS, Someshwara; HPS Loretto Amtadi, Bantwal; ST Residential School, Kuddupadavu Kepu and Model HPS, Kadaba, Sullia. The decision of the presiding officers at polling station is final.
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